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Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Storied Life of Fikry

Release date: April 1, 2014 Pages: 258 I started reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin with little idea of what it was about – but even the little bit that I knew made it sound like an intriguing read. The jacket copy thrown around on the internet was enticingly vague: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack


The second installation of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, premiered in theaters on December 13, 2013 and has since made over $258 million dollars at the box office. It's an impressive film, the one I prefer of the two, actually. There is said to be hours upon hours of special feature footage out there from the entire process - but you won't find any of it on the April 8th release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Read More »

Music Review: Carnival Flower by Molotov Jukebox


Carnival Flower is the debut album by the London-based group Molotov Jukebox. They successfully blend differing genres of music such as ska, reggae, pop and samba. Of course, Harry Potter fans worldwide will know lead singer Natalia Tena for playing the role of Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films. Read More »

Book Review: Ila’s Story by Susan Korman


Although the novel is only short, the world that the story takes place in is richly imagined, and well established. Events of the story, such as the building of the ark, are familiar they feel fresh, and the novel is easy to read and engaging. There could have been more attention to detail, and exploration into events and Ila’s thoughts, but for younger readers (14+), it is a well told tale. Read More »

Cardiff Film and Comic Con


March 1-2, 2013. March 1 is always seen as a special day in Wales, traditionally celebrating the life of the country's patron saint, St David. However this year the first weekend of March was particularly busy as MuggleNet had the privilege of attending Cardiff Film and Comic Con. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘See How They Run’ starring Warwick Davis


The Reduced Height Theatre Company brings something extra special to this quintessentially English play. In this new venture Warwick Davis brings together a cast of by no means small proportions. Although the average height of the cast is just 4ft 2, this is not in any way the focus of the production. Read More »

How I Left MuggleNet and Escaped the Depths of Life Crisis to Find a Startup Company Doing Something Amazing, a Hilarious Web Series, and My Way Back Home (to MuggleNet)


Hey, guys! My name is Noah Fried, and this past summer after graduating from college I left MuggleNet to pursue a career in New York City. And now I’m back. To be honest, I really had no intention of coming back to the site. Don’t get me wrong – I had a blast working at MuggleNet for six years and was proud of the experience. But as fate would have it, a series of events ... Read More »

Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell


I’ve fallen in love with who knows how many books over the years, but I can’t remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book. Fangirl has all the right components for a Young Adult novel. It’s a coming of age story about a wallflower girl trying to adjust to her first year of college and her first real romantic entanglement. But at the same time, it’s just so much more than that because Cath is a fangirl, and extremely so. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ starring Emma Thompson


After watching the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, I expected a light-hearted comedic historical film about how the classic Disney film Mary Poppins came together—but what I got was both much darker and more enjoyable than the film I had anticipated. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘About Time’ starring Domhnall Gleeson & Bill Nighy


This is a movie, literally and figuratively, about time. It reminds us all that time is fleeting and to make the most of it, even those who secretly have the power to time travel. Most of all, Tim and his time-traveling father reveal to us the ultimate secret to a happy life. Read More »